This article is part of Football League World’s The Verdict series, which features the FLW writers’ personal take on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Celtic have been linked with Derby County captain Tom Lawrence, who is set to become a free agent.
The Wales international is out of contract at Pride Park and could leave after the Rams are eliminated from the Championship – TEAMtalk report Celtic are among interested clubs.
But would he be a good signing for her? And is he ready for the SPFL?
We polled our FLW writers…
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Celtic new signing Tom Lawrence would make them even better than they already were this year on their way to the SPL title.
Some players do well when they move to Scotland, others fail, but you couldn’t imagine Lawrence doing anything other than succeeding in a team like Celtic’s. Given the odds and surrounded by another teammate, he could produce even more than he’s managed in the derby so far.
It would also give the player a chance to prove himself in a title race for the first time and give him a chance to play in European football.
It seems like a breeze for the player to connect to the site when a bid is then received.
Lawrence is more than ready for Scotland’s top flight, although he is likely to want promotion to the Premier League sooner rather than later.
At 28 he might want to make that move now and that’s why a move to Celtic might not materialize – but he would be a decent signing for them.
However, like Ryan Christie, there is a chance he could prove too good for the Scottish top flight if he succeeds and therefore this move would likely be more for the club than the player.
However, if they can negotiate a deal, it would be a coup for Ange Postecoglou’s side via a free transfer.
Tom Lawrence is a difficult case to answer, largely due to his inconsistency in a derby shirt over the years.
This season marks the first season he’s actually come on the plate for the Rams and that shouldn’t be overlooked. He has the ability to switch games, but one thing that’s letting him down even now in his late 20s is his temper, something that will be against him if he plays in the SPFL.
Additionally, the SPFL is notoriously physical, something Lawrence may find difficult to adapt to, which may make him suitable for another league as a technical player.